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Old 09-18-2020, 04:18 PM   #1
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U2's videos being remastered in HD

Sorry if there's already a thread I've missed, thought this was some good news after that pretty rubbish sounding ATYCLB box.

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YouTube, Island Records, Interscope, and UMe have announced the relaunch of U2's Official YouTube Channel with weekly releases of the band's most iconic music videos and never before seen content on YouTube, all remastered at the highest standard.

Over the next year the band's music video catalogue will be remastered in HD and launched exclusively on YouTube in that format.

Highlights will include previously unreleased live, behind the scenes and remixed content, and some of the band's best known music videos upgraded to HD for the first time ever, up to 4K quality when possible.

The project will result in hundreds of new and upgraded videos being added to the channel, and a curated experience for fans to be able to explore the depth of the catalogue.

This seems long overdue though I guess we should hold our breath with those "previously unreleased live" videos. I'm not going to get excited hoping for the complete Tempe Joshua Tree show in HD/4K for example because you can bet it'll just end up being a bunch of live SOE songs...

But it'll be good to see the old videos remastered for a start. And if this leads to a proper video collection on blu ray then great
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Good news. Thinking it'll just be music videos and live performances that we've already seen. But hey, HD/4K!
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Hopefully the reaction to the Chicago film gave them a kick in this direction. I’ve no idea what else they have that can be effectively upscaled - in the spirit of the Elevation reissue I’d love a better quality Boston, but that depends how it was originally shot I guess. Failing that,... a 2011 show would be awesome.
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Great news
Hopefully we'll get the rare u2 videos in HD as well, like Lemon, Windows in the sky Modernista version, A celebration, Gloria, When liove comes to town (not the live r&h version).
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Will be interesting to see if they remaster all their old videos. I’ve got a feeling they might take a revisionist approach and ignore certain videos and songs that they no longer like.
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Will be interesting to see if they remaster all their old videos. I’ve got a feeling they might take a revisionist approach and ignore certain videos and songs that they no longer like.


They really are odd when it comes to this sort of thing. For example, I don’t think they have the US version of Stuck (Football kicker) or the US version of Walk On (people walking around turning into other people) on their official site (amongst many other videos).

Those two really stick out to me because when ATYCLB was released, they were all over MTV and VH1.

As much as I can admit they are nit “good” music videos, they are very sentimental to me as they are what I remember always seeing at that time in my life.
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Will be interesting to see if they remaster all their old videos. I’ve got a feeling they might take a revisionist approach and ignore certain videos and songs that they no longer like.
You say that, but their first entry is the Stuck video... the Edge foot video for Numb is weird but it’s nothing on stunt Bono being thrown out of a van in a fleece jacket
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They really are odd when it comes to this sort of thing. For example, I don’t think they have the US version of Stuck (Football kicker) or the US version of Walk On (people walking around turning into other people) on their official site (amongst many other videos).

Those two really stick out to me because when ATYCLB was released, they were all over MTV and VH1.

As much as I can admit they are nit “good” music videos, they are very sentimental to me as they are what I remember always seeing at that time in my life.
I think the football video of Stuck is the superior one. Like you, I was in the US in 2000, and it’s the canonical one.
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Well let’s see if A Celebration gets a remaster or not.
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I think the football video of Stuck is the superior one. Like you, I was in the US in 2000, and it’s the canonical one.
I was in the US in 2000.

That video has always been cringe-worthy and awful, and still is.
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I think the football video of Stuck is the superior one. Like you, I was in the US in 2000, and it’s the canonical one.


I’m an American who was in Europe at this time.

I despise the football one. Keep tossing stumbley Bono out of that van for not paying his dealer as many times as you can.
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I think the "football" version came out rather late... just before the fall of 2001, as the Elevation tour was wrapping up. The other version had come out the year before when the single was released in non-US countries.
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The football video is so embarrassing. The stupidity of it and the degree of pandering was staggering. It was very unlike U2 and was the first time I though "oh God, what the fuck is this shit and why did they make it?"
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Definitely an early sign of the ongoing pandering that was to come.
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I was in the US in 2000.

That video has always been cringe-worthy and awful, and still is.
The sport version is appalling. The van version came out first and I'm sure is considered the official version.
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Stuck is a really great song. Shame that both videos were so bad.
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Little known fact: the same people behind that football video were later promoted to t-shirt designers
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All That You Can’t Leave Behind Era official videos:

Beautiful Day A+
Stuck (Europe release) B-
Stuck (US football release) D
Walk On (US release) C
Walk On (International release) B
Elevation D-/ F

The Stuck “football” version is probably an “F” but it holds sentimental value for me. Elevation is a song I really love, especially this mix but but man is the video cheesy as all hell. The editing of putting Edge in with the movie scenes looks so amateurish....ugh

Anyway, Beautiful Day is one of their best music videos and was just spectacularly well done.
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Little known fact: the same people behind that football video were later promoted to t-shirt designers
This is an underrated post.
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That they took a song about a conversation with a friend who was thinking about killing themselves and promoted it with a video filled with U2 puns, the extras from The Replacements, John Madden, and Edge slipping on nachos is an abomination.
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